Hello all!

As some of you are aware, I started to pursue astrophotography quite a few months ago with a new reflector telescope, a Celestron NexStar 130 SLT (Newtonian reflector).

Aperture–130 mm
Focal length–650 mm

Because the monsoon set in and I became extra busy right after the monsoon, I was not able to get any new cool images. But today I thought it would be a great day to catch some stars until I brought my telescope outside and actually looked. I had violated a basic rule of astronomy as an amateur; avoid the full moon. There was too much light reflected to properly see much of any starlight within my scope (with both the 9mm and 25mm eyepieces) and I had to resort to looking at the moon once again. I did not take any new pictures since I’ve already captured the Moon once (although not a full moon), so I guess I’ll wait until the next new moon to try and practice my celestial alignment skills again. Lesson relearned: avoid the full moon (although I did manage to avoid a lot of artifical light pollution).

Would you like to see me go after any celestial objects in particular? Are you looking for a basic refresher in telescope optics to help understand what I am attempting? Or do you yourself have any experience with this and have some protips you like to share? Let me know in the comments! Stay tuned for more, and if you liked this post or the blog itself please consider sharing on social media–or subscribe to this category of blog post (posts will now be categorized). Happy Tuesday!

-Shwe Myat